More than 4.25 million Australians aged 14+ years (22.7%) report experiencing stress in the last 12 months, according to the latest data from Roy Morgan Research for July 2011 — June 2012. Looking at the incidence of stress by marital status reveals an interesting picture.
For example, there is a significant difference in the incidence of stress among De Facto (30.5%) compared to those who are Married (19.7%).
The highest incidences of stress are among those who are Engaged (40.3%) or Planning to Marry (33.4%), followed by those who are Separated (30%) or Divorced (29.2%).
Stress by Marital Status
Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), July 2011 — June 2012 (n = 20,384).
Those who are Widowed are the least likely to have stress (15.8%), while only 23.9% of Singles report experiencing stress in the last 12 months.
In terms of different living arrangements, people who live with a partner and no children are the least likely to have stress (18.7%), while single parents show the highest incidence of stress (37.6%). Only 21.8% of Australians who live alone report experiencing stress in the last 12 months, behind those who live with a partner and children (23.7%).
Michele Levine, CEO, Roy Morgan Research, says:
“The highest incidence of stress happens at either end of the marriage spectrum: when couples are preparing for marriage, and at the other extreme following the breakdown of a marriage.
“Although those who are engaged or planning to marry also report the highest incidence of stress, there is clearly a pay-off, in that married people show the second lowest occurrence of stress. This is particularly interesting compared to De Factos, who have the second highest incidence of stress, and at levels well above those who are married.”http://www.roymorgan.com/news/press-releases/2012/1846/